UK Atheists

The Lazy Atheist

Maggy Whitehouse | Posted 06.09.2017 | UK Comedy
Maggy Whitehouse

Maybe it's just me, but it seems that people politely avoid the vicar when they can. Being a priest is fine in a church, obviously. People expect a person in a dog collar and, as a general rule, respect them. But in the outside world -- and particularly on the comedy circuit -- a vicar is the spectre at the feast; an alien, deluded simpleton who belongs to the Dark Ages.

UK's Former Top Rabbi Explains Why God Created Atheists

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 14.10.2015 | UK

NEW YORK -- One of the UK’s top rabbis explained why God created atheists on Wednesday. Speaking in New York, Jonathan Sacks, former chief of the Un...

Happy Birthday Richard Dawkins - Here Are 10 Times God Got Chinned

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 26.03.2015 | UK

Richard Dawkins turned 74 today -- and still no thunderbolt from the Heavens. The renowned scientist and strident atheist has been ruffling the religi...

This Caring Christian Fantasises About The Rape Of Atheists

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK

NEW YORK -- A caring Christian TV star has showed the compassion of his scriptural belief by fantasising about the violent rape and torture of an athe...

There's Now An Atheist Helpline

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 03.03.2015 | UK

NEW YORK -- Former believers struggling with the realisation that Bronze Age teachings might not be the best guide for modern life can now contact a h...

Stephen Fry Delivers Stunning Rebuke When Asked About Meeting God

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 04.02.2015 | UK

UPDATE: 'From Stephen Fry's Position Of Atheism There Is No Hope For The Future' What would Stephen Fry say if he came face-to-face with God? T...

Atheism: Keeping the Faith

Michael Collier | Posted 29.03.2015 | UK
Michael Collier

It's not my intention to invert the status quo and start bashing atheists. There's enough bashing going on as it is. What is interesting, writing as someone who doesn't really think of himself as either, is to observe the distinct similarities in each group.

South Korea Trolls Atheist North Korea By Erecting Giant Christmas Tree Visible From Border

Huffington Post UK/ AP | Sara C Nelson | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK

South Korea has approved a Christian group’s plans to set up a large, illuminated Christmas tree near the border with North Korea. But while und...

British Opinion Polls Reveal a Dramatic Decline in Impact of the Bible on the UK - Does This Spell the End of Christianity

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 23.11.2014 | UK
Dr Raj Persaud

A recently published review of opinion poll data, from 123 national sample surveys of the UK adult general population, documents dramatically declining allegiance to the Bible over recent years, even among regular churchgoers.

Losing God, Finding Life

Paul Beaumont | Posted 22.11.2014 | UK
Paul Beaumont

I was a Christian for 25 years. In that period, I believed some of it for some of the time. I probably never believed all of it; I don't think any Christians do, in reality, other than those who habitually blur the distinction between reality and fantasy. My faith gradually declined until in the few years leading up to my Big Surprise - the mid-life crisis...

Atheist Declared Mentally Ill Because He Doesn't Believe In God

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 25.06.2014 | UK

A Nigerian man says he has been detained on a psychiatric ward and forcibly medicated on the grounds of his atheism. Mubarak Bala has been held ag...

Atheist Superbowl Advert Mocks Those Who Turn To Prayer

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 30.01.2014 | UK

No country combines sport, politics and religion quite like the US. Just watch this weekend’s Superbowl for a barrage of chest-beating nationalism a...

Afghan Atheist Granted UK Asylum On The Grounds His Lack Of Religion Could Result In A Death Sentence

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

An Afghan citizen has been granted UK asylum on religious grounds – in what is believed to be the first case of its kind. The man fled Kabul alo...

Dawkins Wades Into M&S Alcohol & Pork Products Row

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 23.12.2013 | UK

Prominent atheist Richard Dawkins has attacked Marks & Spencer over its policy of allowing Muslim checkout staff to refuse to serve customers alcohol ...

How Plausible Is a Good Person?

Ariane Sherine | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK
Ariane Sherine

"How plausible is a good atheist?" asked Christian Today last week. Given that most people in Britain are de facto atheists, living their lives with only a desultory nod to religion, the question might as well have been "How plausible is a good person?"

Egyptian Student 'Arrested Over Facebook Group Calling For Atheism'

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 30.12.2013 | UK

A 20-year-old Egyptian student is reportedly under investigation for starting a Facebook group calling for atheism. The unnamed student who studie...

Scouting for All

Wayne Bulpitt | Posted 08.10.2013 | UK
Wayne Bulpitt

As part of a major review of what Scouting does and how it operates - the fourth in the history of our Movement - we asked our membership whether we should offer an additional alternative Promise to this group. The overwhelming response was that we should.

Dawkins Provokes Backlash Over Muslim Tweet

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.08.2013 | UK

Professor Richard Dawkins sparked a backlash on Twitter after he claimed the world's Muslims have won fewer Nobel Prizes than Trinity College, Cambrid...

Atheists, Muslims And Celebs Name Favourite Churches

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.09.2013 | UK

Britain's most senior Muslim politician and two atheist party political leaders are among figures from the world of politics, arts and entertainment t...

Why Atheists Should Pray

Professor Damien Ridge | Posted 14.09.2013 | UK
Professor Damien Ridge

Prayer can be viewed as a kind of vertical communication (e.g. with a God), verbal or contemplative, structured (e.g. reading a prepared prayer) or freely composed (e.g. talking to an imaginary other).

My Human Rights Wish-List

Benedict Rogers | Posted 14.03.2013 | UK
Benedict Rogers

In his superb article 'A Human Rights Wish-list for 2013', Jack Healey encouraged us to chose our own wish-list. I have taken up that suggestion.

Churches Fighting for the Right to Discriminate

Bob Morgan | Posted 27.02.2013 | UK Politics
Bob Morgan

No one should be free to claim special privileges to discriminate against women and gay people - just because it's based on a religious belief.

More Atheist, Immigrants And Graduates Than Ever

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 12.12.2012 | UK

If you were living in England and Wales in 2011, you're more likely to be atheist, well educated, healthy, single and born in a foreign country than e...

Ambitious Atheist Census 'Taken Down By Hackers'

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 10.12.2012 | UK

An ambitious campaign to create a census of the world's atheists has been taken offline after just 17 hours after an alleged DDOS attack on the Atheis...

Alain De Botton Calls For Atheist Temple, Prompting Spat With Richard Dawkins

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 27.01.2012 | UK

Philosopher Alain de Botton is calling for a network of “atheist temples” to be built around Britain. De Botton’s initial proposal for a £1...